'''William Etty''' (10 March 1787 – 13 November 1849) was an English artist best known for his history painting
s containing nude (art)|nude
figures. He was the first significant British painter of nudes and still life
s. Born in York
, he left school at the age of 12 to become an apprenticeship|apprentice
printer in Kingston upon Hull|Hull
. He completed his apprenticeship seven years later and moved to London, where in 1807 he joined the Royal Academy Schools
. There he studied under Thomas Lawrence
and trained by copying works by other artists. Etty earned respect at the Royal Academy of Arts
for his ability to paint realistic flesh tones, but had little commercial or critical success in his early years in London.
Etty's ''Cleopatra's Arrival in Cilicia
'', painted in 1821, featured numerous nudes and was exhibited to great acclaim. Its success prompted several further depictions of historical scenes...